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Final cover image for PRATFALL (rendered with colored paper & gluestick) which stars a stellar line up of alt-comics klutzes - coming soon to an expo near you!  (Ordering info coming soon, I promise)

Final cover image for PRATFALL (rendered with colored paper & gluestick) which stars a stellar line up of alt-comics klutzes - coming soon to an expo near you!  (Ordering info coming soon, I promise)

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Cover of PRATFALL, in progress on 8/16, then the pretty-much-finished version (save for a little photoshop magic) on 8/17. Went with something a little different for this one, and pleased with how it turned out, but now I have #StickyFingers.

I got to thinking about scenes from movies that move me to tears and then made a little list:

The “Baby Mine” sequence from Dumbo (1941) - don’t laugh. Watch for yourself and have some kleenex handy. 

The end of Dead Poets Society: “Captain My Captain!” (1989). RIP Robin Williams. 

The tragic conclusion of Grave of the Fireflies (1988) - Very possibly the saddest movie I have ever seen. 

The scene in Terms of Endearment (1983) where Debra Winger says goodbye to her two young sons from her hospital bed; also the scene where she actually dies. Dismiss this as a “chick flick” in my presence at your peril. 

The plane crash sequence at the end of Fearless (1993), where we see what really happened through Jeff Bridges’ eyes, how he survived while most of the other passengers died. 

The end of Brokeback Mountain (2005): “Jack, I swear.”

The end of The Hours (2000) - it’s not one scene that gets me so much, it’s more of a cumulative thing.  

The climax of the original Japanese version of the ghost story Dark Water (2002), where the mother sacrifices herself to save her daughter, who is crying out for her.

The footage from the candlelight vigil from the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk (1984). 

Ordinary People (1980): the final scene between Dr. Berger (Judd Hirsch) & Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton):

Berger: You’re alive. Don’t say you don’t feel that.

Conrad: It doesn’t feel good.

Berger: It is. Believe me.

Conrad: How do you know?

Berger: Because I’m your friend.

Boo hoo! I love all these movies. Watch ‘em and weep, I say (or watch the ones that make you weep. A good cry is cathartic). 

Images from up top: Dumbo; Dead Poets Society, Grave of the Fireflies, Brokeback Mountain 

My next zine, coming this fall, is a little anthology called PRATFALLa new collection of stories by some of my favorite alt-cartoonists recalling true painful and/or humiliating accidents & injuries they have suffered. These two previews capture those fateful moments before the pratfall happens - when you think to yourself, with dreadful clarity: “oh SHIT.” First we have young John Porcellino on his skateboard and then there’s young Cara Bean on a ski lift. Both stories remind me well of why I have (A) never skateboarded and (B) never gone skiing. (Then again I do ride my bike in busy traffic so whaddo I know.) Ordering information coming soon!

More previews and more artists here, here and here

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My review is of the graphic novel Angie Bongiolatti by Mike Dawson (Secret Acres) is up on tcj.com today.

Reposting my review of this excellent book in light of recent conversations here. The book deserves way more attention than it has received thus far. 

robkirbycomics:

My review is of the graphic novel Angie Bongiolatti by Mike Dawson (Secret Acres) is up on tcj.com today.

Reposting my review of this excellent book in light of recent conversations here. The book deserves way more attention than it has received thus far. 

My next zine, coming this fall, is a little anthology called PRATFALL, a new collection of stories by cartoonists recalling true painful and/or humiliating accidents & injuries. In this new collection of excerpts (from up top) Carrie McNinch recalls a bloody run-in with a car door in “Thumb Stitches,” a teenaged Tony Breed takes a rather elegant pratfall in “Tough Grrls,” Becky Hawkins has a major, (hilariously) painful accident in “The Quad Bike Story,” and Max Clotfelter gets punched in the stomach by an irate classmate (but his troubles don’t end there) in “Sonny!”

Pre-ordering info coming soon! See more excerpts from other artists here and here.